510AD (Part Two): The Sword is Drawn Again... and Again...

Having been given the task of guarding the Sword in the Stone by Merlin, Erec quickly drew together the group of ten other knights to accompany him, including Sir Gaelvius. Quickly the entire company of 110 knights gathered around. Clearly their continued presence was unnecessary, and so they set up shifts of two knights contingents at a time on duty. The time passed relatively uneventfully except for the crowds of interested peasants who gathered to gawp at the now famous sword. Early on, one of the leading knights and a couple of his asistants rushed off. Gaelvius investigated what was going on. It seemed a rumour he had heard was in fact true. The knight, who's identity had been bugging Sir Erec, was in fact Brastius' son, Sir Brassius. The news beginning to filter through was that one of the wounds inflicted on Brastius by Erec in their recent duel had become infected, and he had rapidly deteriorated, dying a painful death...

2nd February, CandlemasArthur returns to the sword as promised, drawing it once more before the gathered throng. Many knights immediately pledge their allegiance to him who he names as his "Eager Vassals" These include Earl Robert of Salisbury; Ulfius, Duke of Silchester; Duke Corneus of Lindsay; Bishop Bauldwin of Britain; the Earl of Hertford; the mercenary Lord Cador of Cornwall and Sir Erec, Banneret! Although many are for him, it is clear that there are many who are yet to make up their minds, and some who are clearly hostile...

After the sword is drawn, Arthur promises that he will return once more, on Easter Day, to draw the sword once more. The instruction is to spread the word, bring as many as possible to see this act. Erec and Gaelvius are told to continue to guard the sword. Gaelvius is content to continue this duty with Robert's permission. Erec, however, is torn by his desire to obey Arthur's instruction, but also to serve him personally. The sceptic may wonder if in fact he wanted to cement a new position for himself now that Robert had taken his seat in Salisbury. Through force of personality and recklesness, he managed to force himself amongst Arthur's guard and retreat with them to guard Arthur until Easter Day. Of coruse he was noticed, but having befriended Sir Hervis and Sir Rhys, two of Arthur's guard, he managed to pursuade Arthur that he should remain with them. He didn't quite get his desired outcome though, instead of serving Arthur directly, he was to assist Arthur's step-brotehr Sir Kay and his father Sir Ector.

21st March, Easter DayWaiting for Arthur's return, Gaelvius did his best to prepare for the event to come. A choir to sing sings, a podium for Arthur to stand on, and doves to be released at a pertinent point. All was loking good. Meanwhile, Erec began his return with Arthur to St. Paul's from ...St. Paul's where he had been hiding in the compound! A great crowd had indeed gathered as hoped. The mood was optimistic, especially amongst the peasants who had taken Arthur to heart as one of them made good. Once more the sword was drawn, with more knights pledging their allegiance such as the Duke of Clarance; the Earl of Jagent and the Earl of Wuerensis - soon known as Arthur's "Good Vassals".

Behind the celebrations, however, a sinister note sounded. Word had come that King Lot had publically rennounced Arthur as Merlin's puppet and a beardless bastard and was bringing together other dissident kings to form an possible alliance against him. Concerned, Erec and Gaelvius offered to head north to discover what was afoot...